You are here

Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis

This handsome garden perennial is native to Asia Minor, Greece, and Turkey. Although it was possibly the tall, reddish-flowered Hellebore described by Philip Miller in his Gardeners Dictionary of 1754, the Lenten Rose was not commonly cultivated until the early 19th century. Hellebore is an ancient term for a plant supposed to cure insanity. Like Christmas Rose (H. niger), Lenten Rose is an extremely long-lived plant when well situated.

A hardy, late-winter to early-spring flowering perennial, Lenten Rose displays greenish-white flowers marked with red or dark purple on 12 to 18-inch stalks above previous season's foliage.  Its handsome, leathery leaves form a large mound in the garden up to 2-feet across.  It prefers light shade and limestone-rich garden loam and can be divided in fall.

Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East Front
Planting Conditions: 
Shade
Blooming History: 
2002 Feb 21 to 2002 May 62003 Mar 7 to 2003 Apr 222004 Feb 13 to 2004 Apr 232005 Feb 9 to 2005 Apr 262006 Mar 1 to 2006 Apr 282007 Feb 16 to 2007 Apr 62008 Feb 11 to 2008 Jun 242009 Feb 23 to 2009 May 112010 Mar 13 to 2010 Jun 92011 Feb 8 to 2011 May 222012 Mar 9 to 2012 Jun 222013 Feb 25 to 2013 Jul 162014 Feb 24 to 2014 Jun 152015 Mar 2 to 2015 Jul 142016 Feb 26 to 2016 Jun 17
Visit Monticello’s Online Shop to check for seeds or plants of Lenten Rose.

Participate

Login or register to participate in our online community.